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2019 Book Fair Date Announcement:
Saturday, August 24, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 


2019 Leimert Park Village Book Fair Ambassador

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair is happy to announce that it has tapped world-class athlete, fitness and wellness advocate, TV personality and home chef, Laila Ali as its 2019 book fair ambassador. She will be headlining the culinary stage with recipes from her new cookbook, “Food for Life.” Laila currently is the host of Emmy Award-winning show, “Home Made Simple,” which airs every Saturday on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

As you may know, Laila is the daughter of the late, beloved global icon and humanitarian, Muhammad Ali. Following in her father’s footsteps, she is also a four-time, undefeated boxing world champion, whose stellar record includes 24 wins -- that is, 21 of which were “knockouts” -- and zero losses. Laila is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing.

Laila will be featured on the Book Fair’s Cooking Stage where she will be demonstrating several of her recipes from her newly released book entitled, “Food for Life: Delicious and Healthy Comfort Food From My Table to Yours.” And as a special treat to Leimert Park Village Book Fair attendees, Laila will unveil her new seasoning line. The 13th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

Read more on Laila Ali here.


Artist in Residence

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair is happy to announce Mohammed Mubarak as this year’s Artist in Residence, gracing the book fair with his artwork -- an oil and acrylic painting -- of slain Rapper Nipsey Hussle. The artist -- also known as Anthony Quisenberry -- began his painting career in 1970 with inspiration from his uncle, Arthur Dunlap Jr., a very talented pencil and ink portrait artist, as well as the great oil portrait artist David Mosely. Without any formal training, Mubarak has developed into one of the world’s most formidable portrait artists. In 1974, he began studying radio at the Los Angeles School of Broadcasting and eventually obtained an FCC license for broadcast  radio. After a brief stint of doing public service announcements and commercials at KJLH-FM, he began focusing on his natural talent as an artist, which  led to commissioned portraits by the late comedian Redd Foxx, Reverend Ike and living legend and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Stevie  Wonder, who called upon him to design the cover for his iconic album “Hotter Then July.” He’s also been commissioned by the publisher of The Los Angeles Sentinel, Danny Bakewell, as well as the late singer/songwriter Barry White and talk show host Tavis Smiley.

His latest work of slain rapper Nipsey Hussle is probably his most personal work. He raised his children on 59th and West Boulevard, and watched them grow up with Nipsey and his brother, “Blacc Sam.” He watched the neighborhood kids grow up as “nothing to something,” he said. “I had to start a series of work of art to pay my own tribute to Nipsey Hussle, “ said Mubarak. He hopes to do a giant mural of Nipsey on a two-story building somewhere in Los Angeles.

Along with Nipsey Hussle, another masterpiece of Murabak is titled “44,” a magnificent portrait of former President of the United States Barack Obama. Recently, the work of Mubarak was commissioned by the mayor and city council of the City of Compton in California. His artwork decorates the lobby of City Hall with portraits of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez. Also, his work can be seen in the interior and exterior of the City Council building, where there are several murals, depicting the entire history of the city. 

Mubarak is also known in the world of boxing, and has been commissioned by  many sports figures, including the likes of boxing promoter Don King,  Oscar De La Hoya, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair is proud to have Mohammed Mubarak as this year’s artist-in-residence.

For view more of Murabak’s artwork, visit his Instagram at @qmubarak06.

Opening of Reading Room in NaSsau - Bahamas

The Leimert Park Village Book Fair participated in its first International partnership to help open a Reading Room in Nassau, Bahamas.  With the help of our corporate sponsors First Book, KABC-Channel 7 and Disney World International, the Leimert Park Village Book Fair helped donate more than 250 beautiful well illustrated books for children of all ages.  This project was coordinated by the Bahamas National Library and Information Service in Partnership and collaboration with the International Black Women Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) and the Local Organizers, headed by Mrs. Dellarice Mackey in collaboration with Mrs. Dorcas Bowler, Director of Libraries, Bahamas, Ministry of Education. It took place on 3rd March 2018 at Lillian G. Weir Coakley Library (LGWCL), branch library of National Library and Information Services.  On hand to accept the donations were Mrs. Dorcas Bowler, Director of Libraries, National Library Services, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Genesta Stuart Baker, staff, Pastor Geoffrey Wood, Chairman of the Lillian Coakley Local Library Committee, librarians, teachers, students, parents and Community leaders.

The Official Opening Ceremony and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of the Barbara Perkins’ IBWPPI Reading Room Initiative Project at Lillian G. Weir Coakley Library led by Ms. Cynthia Heard, Chair and was assisted by Ms. Cynthia Exum, Founder and Executive Director of the Leimert Park Village Book Fair, Los Angeles will serve as a reading hub for children Over-the-Hill and neighboring communities in the Bailou Road area. Students of Stephen Dillet Primary performed. Dramatic Reading was done by Bahamas National Library Cadet, and student of St. John’s College, Ms. Duranique Minus during the event.